The Warwick-NTU Double Masters Programme presents an innovative course of study offering the opportunity to live and study in two culturally diverse countries and regions. You will experience the best of both worlds in conceptual training, empirical relevance, and policy application, gaining an invaluable dual perspective.
Studying in Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick and the S Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) offers you the opportunity to study global perspectives in two major international regions with two highly prestigious departments, renowned for their robust research backgrounds and detailed policy and empirical expertise in the field of International Studies.
In year one in PAIS, you will be exposed to its acclaimed expertise in the political and methodological aspects of Politics and International Studies, providing a foundation for RSIS's global security focus in your year two studies. Additionally, there will be opportunities to enhance your language skills, including the acquisition of Asian language competencies. Finally, of course, as a Double Masters programme graduate, you will benefit from gaining two Masters degrees from globally respected European and Asian universities.
You will read core subjects in such fields as International Relations, International Political Economy, and Strategic Studies. There will also be research methodology courses, as well as the opportunity to take electives and a focussed research project in relevant subject areas. Flexibility is in place to ensure that learning across years one and two at PAIS and RSIS proceeeds in a progressive and structured way. This course has the potential to lead into careers in the public sector, government ministries, education, the police or armed forces, banking, business, the media, and more.
Is there any concept of justice in relations between states? Do states remain the dominant actors in the international system with its current profusion of transnational corporations, international organisations, and regional blocs?
Our MA in International Relations is one of the foremost programmes in Britain and Europe for the study of international relations (IR). It will enable you to tackle the big issues facing global decision-makers, from war to poverty, from security to the complexities of environmental degradation, from inequality to the study of global elites. Traditionally, the discipline of international relations has been concerned with issues of war and peace, focused on explaining and understanding the behaviour of states in their relationships with each other in the international states-system. More recently, however, IR has broadened and deepened as a discipline and is now much more than the study of war, peace, and states.
On this MA programme, you will learn the key theoretical approaches in IR from Realism to Postcolonialism, making theory accessible and understandable and equipping you to evaluate theoretical positions in the light of pressing issues in contemporary political life. IR also incorporates within its theories an understanding of the role of a range of other actors besides states including NGOs, private enterprise, and international bodies. You will use this pluralist theoretical framework to study international cooperation, identity politics, global governance, ethics, and civil society.
You will also investigate major questions of contemporary international relations such as:
Those who work at the highest levels in business, government, or the voluntary sector, increasingly need to tackle these issues, and the Masters in International Relations programme offers you the opportunity to do so.
Normative issues - questions of right and wrong, of just and injust, of good and bad - often arise in, indeed often motivate, the study of social, legal and political institutions and policy. How should those institutions be arranged? By what moral criteria should we assess policy options? How should we act as individuals, citizens, politicians or judges? The MA in Political and Legal Theory is a fully and genuinely interdisciplinary course designed for students wanting to study political, legal and moral philosophy to an advanced level and to consider how normative analysis might be applied to address matters of public concern. It enables students to acquire knowledge and understanding of the central normative conceptions, the debates they have generated, and their implications of different approaches for public policy, institutional design and the law.
If you want to study political, legal and moral philosophy to an advanced level and to consider how normative analysis might be applied to address matters of public concern, then this programme is for you. It will enable you to acquire knowledge and understanding of central normative conceptions, the debates they have generated, and their implications for different approaches to public policy, institutional design and the law.
Our MA in Political and Legal Theory is a fully interdisciplinary course. Unlike other programmes of this kind that offer a range of modules taught within various contributing departments, the core module for Political and Legal Theory will be taught in our department in collaboration with the School of Law and the Department of Philosophy. This interdisciplinary approach is supported by the close cooperation fostered by the Centre for Ethics, Law and Public Affairs, which is situated in our department
and which includes members from Law, Philosophy and Sociology.
This programme also provides an advanced education in normative issues that will prepare you for doctoral study that includes normative inquiry, giving you a wide range of experience that will be attractive to employers.
Students on the MA in Political and Legal Theory are taught in small group seminars and have the opportunity to mix with PhD students and staff in the Political Theory research cluster as well as attend weekly meetings of the Centre for Ethics, Law and Public Affairs (CELPA). The MA in PLT also provides an advanced education in normative issues that will prepare students for doctoral study that includes normative inquiry and give them a wide range of experience that will be attractive to employers.
Big data and quantitative methods are transforming political processes and decisions in everyday life. Local, national and international administrations are making "open data" available to wide audiences; giant, world-level web organisations are putting more and more "services" in synergy (search, map, data storage, data treatment, trade, etc.); and some private companies or governments are developing strongly ideological projects in relation with big data, which may have major consequence on the means by which we are ruled. All these issues involve data in text, image, numeric and video formats on unprecedented scales. This means there is a growing need for trained specialists who will have the cpacity to compete and/or collaborate with strictly business or technique-oriented actos on the basis of sound knowledge from political and international studies.
In contrast to degrees such as Data Science or Data Analytics, where the focus ends up being almost exclusively on data practices and computational tools, the MA in Big Data and Quantitative Methods provides you with a knowledge and understanding of the central and innovative quantitative approaches in political science, the debates they have generated, and the implications of different approaches to issues concerning big data and public policy. The MA also draws on the considerable expertise which Warwick now has in quantitative methods located in PAIS, Sociology, the Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies (CIM) and the Q-Step Centre.
Given that a noteworthy part of big data is actually social data, this MA programme seeks to attract students from a variety of social science-related disciplines, including politics, sociology, philosophy and economics; you do not need a background in statistics to be eligible for the course. Students are required to take three core modules: Fundamentals in Quantitative Research Methods (previously Quantitative Data Analysis and Interpretation); Big Data Research: Hype or Revolution?, and Advanced Quantitative Research, and have a range of optional modules to choose from in PAIS or from other departments across Warwick including Law, Philosophy, Sociology and the CIM. Graduates of this degree will be able both to engage technically with data released at a new scale and to keep a critical expertise on their relevance and quality, skills which are increasingly required in the competitive global job market.
In addition to regular modules, the Warwick Q-Step Centre is offering a range of different masterclasses. Topics include Reproducibility, Quantitative text analysis, Web data collection, Geostatistics, Inferential network analysis, Machine learning, Agent-based simulation and Longitudinal data analysis. All masterclasses are designed as comprehensive but gentle introductions to methods that are not covered at length in core method modules. They are intended to broaden your horizons and provide concepts and tools to be applied in your future research.
As a leading global power, the United States and its foreign affairs have a significant impact upon international relations, both in terms of policy and academic scholarship.
This significance has grown in the years since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 and the subsequent “war on terror” in ways that have been reflected in the development of the academic literature and in the increased level of interest in the subject area. With a high concentration of US Foreign Policy experts among PAIS academics, the department is in a unique position to bring cutting-edge, in-depth knowledge and discussion to postgraduate study in this field.
This programme focuses on US foreign policy in the context of national security as well as wider aspects of the country’s foreign policy and its impact in the areas of the economy, international relations, and particularly security. Some of the questions you will tackle include:
Why do bad ideas become policy and good ideas languish for years? Does democracy get in the way of policy, or is the policy profession itself anti-democratic? Can citizens even have much influence on policy in a globalising, networked world? Governments are facing more, and more complex, demands every day. Their ability to deliver on those demands is increasingly circumscribed.
If we want to make a difference in the world, we need to understand the limits and possibilities of policy making in modern democracies.
This programme combines an understanding of descriptive and normative theory with the practice of policy analysis and PAIS’s world-leading work on transnational policy-making. You will identify and analyse the main traditions of policy studies, the core concepts of policy analysis, and theories of policy change. By combining the core module with other topical modules in PAIS, you will be able to specialise your policy analysis expertise through the lens of a particular region, development, political economy, security, gender, democratisation, etc. It is thus ideal for students wanting to pursue advanced conceptual studies in Politics but who want to give those studies an applied focus.
The core module, Theories and Traditions in Public Policy, identifies and analyses the main traditions of policy studies, the core concepts of policy analysis, and theories of policy change.
International Development is a multidisciplinary framework for assessing and analyzing political, social and economic development of postcolonial nation-states. Emerging from the discipline of Economics, it soon drew attention of political scientists, lawyers and sociologists who wanted to know how new nations addressed the major problems facing them in the post Second World war and Cold War landscape. The major debates engaged in by Development Studies, as it came to known, focused on growth v inequality, efficiency v democracy, state v market led development and modernity v tradition. The practice of development was also framed within these debates and was institutionalized through the Bretton Woods System, the various UN institutions, governmental and non-governmental policies and initiatives.
The continuing importance of these debates can be seen today as we discuss how are inequality, political instability and economic development linked? Whether market shocks reshape political as well as economic frameworks? Whether economic growth is a good measure of human development? Is modernity the goal that is worth aspiring to in the context of environmental crisis? Why does gender justice matter for development? Why does poverty persist in a world of plenty?
The MA in International Development at Warwick seeks to introduce you to these debates and questions. Theoretical work and empirical work are not separate exercises. Practical problems stimulate theory construction, and theories inform the ways that we handle substantive issues. Theory that lacks bearing on practice is irrelevant. Action that lacks theoretical clarity and coherence is confused and ineffective.
Are you a student of politics eager to enter the world of journalism? Do you have a journalism background but want to add powerful critical analysis to your reports on international affairs? Are you interested in entering the complex crossroads of politics, international studies, and the media? If so, the Double Master in Journalism, Politics & International Studies is the degree programme for you.
Born from the Alliance between the University of Warwick and Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, this unique double degree offers advanced multidisciplinary training in the fields of Politics and International Studies and Journalism in two world-leading departments in these fields.
Unlike the other Double Degrees on offer, this programme partners Politics and International Studies not with another politics department, but with the School of Media, Film and Journalism (MFJ) at Monash in order to bridge the disciplinary difference between both subject areas. On this programme, you will follow the taught portion of a single MA in PAIS, the taught portion of the Master of Journalsim in MFJ, and combine your cross-disciplinary training in a final joint dissertation project of 15,000-18,000 words.
By following one of the MA programmes in PAIS, you will gain a solid critical foundation in politics and international studies, developing your analytical framework for studying international political phenomena. By following the Master of Journalism in MFJ, you will receive advanced training in the theory and practice of modern international journalism.
This dual foundation is more than the sum of its parts, however. In addition to synthesising what you learn in each discipline, you will have valuable international experience and increase your ability to adapt to new cultures and systems by studying both in the UK and Australia. You will also collaborate directly with your counterparts at both institutions through combined virtual workshops and conferences. Additionally, you will not be restricted to a traditional dissertation format: you will have the opportunity to create a piece of journalism in combination with a shorter 'written up' research section if you choose.
This blend of international, cross-disciplinary, theoretical, and practical training will prepare you well for a career in political or international journalism or further research in this fertile area where politics and the media meet.
The Double Masters in Politics & International Service at Warwick and American University offers you the unique opportunity to study in two of the world's best politics departments on both sides of the Atlantic.
With world-leading experts on a wide variety of politics-related topics and students from over 40 countries, the Department of Politics and International Studies (PAIS) at Warwick consistently ranks at the top of the UK's league tables in politics. It prides itself on delivering excellent teaching that engages with contemporary issues, reflects the latest developments in theory and practice, and challenges you to think critically. The School of International Service (SIS) at American University likewise ranks among the top ten schools of international relations globally. More than 3,000 students representing 150 countries are taught by over 100 full-time faculty, and the School offers you over fifty concentrations in areas including Global Environmental Policy, International Economics and Social Enterprise.
During year one in PAIS, you will follow any of our 11 core MA programmes, specialising in the area of your choice and customising your degree through selecting the modules you find most interesting. During year two in SIS, you will follow the Master of International Service. Your Double Degree will culminate in a capstone project where you will synthesise the knowledge and methodologies learned from both universities into one piece of unique research.
Specific benefits of doing a double degree include:
The Double MA in Global Governance in PAIS at Warwick and the Balsillie School of International Affairs at the University of Waterloo offers you an opportunity to study in one of the UK's best politics departments in combination with Canada's leading school of international affairs.
As a hub of international excellence in teaching and research, PAIS is positioned to deliver the kind of teaching and supervision that will stretch your understanding while also supporting you along the way. Meanwhile, the University of Waterloo, located at the heart of Canada’s technology hub, is a leading comprehensive university with 35,100 students in undergraduate and graduate programs. Consistently ranked Canada’s most innovative university, Waterloo is home to advanced research and teaching in range of subjects. The Balsillie School of International Affairs (BSIA) is an equal collaboration among the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), the University of Waterloo (UW), and Wilfrid Laurier University (Laurier). The unique integration of the collaborating institutions’ approaches and cultures gives BSIA an unmatched ability to promote vigorous engagement across boundaries of discipline and practice, to connect today’s experts with tomorrow’s leaders in critical debate and analysis, and to achieve—in all its work—the highest standards of excellence.
Students who participate in the double degree program get the best that both programs have to offer and receive degrees from prestigious and internationally recognized institutions. Students choose between two routes, either carrying out the first year of their studies at the University of Warwick before proceeding to Waterloo in their second year to complete their degree, or beginning with the first year at Waterloo and then completing the second year at Warwick. Students who begin in Waterloo receive credit with Warwick and complete a two-year degree program at Warwick in only one year.
For specific questions about the MAGG program, please consult the Frequently Asked Questions page.
The Double MA in Global Governance allows you to start the programme either at Warwick or at Waterloo. During your year at Warwick, you can follow any of our single MA programmes, taking modules in the areas that matter to you. During your time at Waterloo, you will follow the MA in Global Governance, which also offers great flexibility in module choices. All students are required to spend the equivalent of one academic term as an intern working on global governance issues in the public or private sector, at a research institute, or for a non-governmental organization. The work-term will normally take place in the third or fourth term of the program. Students receiving the CIGI Graduate Fellowship have the option of counting their internship work at CIGI over the year (which amounts to approximately 10 hours/week over three terms) as meeting the internship requirement for the program, allowing them to finish the program in three terms rather than the typical four.
Benefits of doing a double degree:
Building on a strong history of Erasmus student exchange at the undergraduate level, the University of Warwick and University of Konstanz have created a Double Masters programme. This collaborative programme combines the theoretical-analytical approach characteristic of PAIS with the analytical-practical approach characteristic of the Politics and Public Administration (PolVer) department at Konstanz.
The Double Degree is based on the 2-year MA in Politics and Public Administration programme at Konstanz and any of the 1-year MAs taught in PAIS (except Research in Politics and International Studies). The year spent in PAIS replaces one year of study at Konstanz, making the total normal length of this programme 24 months. All of the core and a wide range of optional courses at Konstanz will be taught in English, so while knowing German is desirable, it is not essential to undertaking this programme of study.
By taking this Double Degree, you will benefit from studying your subject from two different yet compatible perspectives in two of the top Political Science departments in Europe. Studying in two different countries is inherently beneficial in developing personal skills and experience as well, not to mention enhancing your adaptability to new situations. Furthermore, you will be able to apply these skills and your academic knowledge by taking advantage of the extensive internship network maintained by Konstanz, if you choose to.
Combine a year of study in the heart of England and a year studying by the sea in Cataluña at two of Europe's leading politics departments through two exciting pathways offered jointly by Warwick and the Political and Social Sciences Department at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) in Barcelona.
Studying in two different countries is inherently beneficial: in addition to exploring your subject from two different starting points, you will develop your intercultural skills and experience and enhance your ability to adapt to new situations. Furthermore, you will be able to improve your prospects beyond the MA course as employers and reputable universities worldwide recognise the academic excellence of Warwick and UPF graduates.
During your year at Warwick, you can choose from 11 specialisations by following any of our single-year MA programmes (excluding Research in Politics and International Studies). During your year at UPF, you will follow the Masters of Research in Political Science. At both universities, you will have the opportunity to specialise further by choosing from a selection of optional modules in addition to your core requirements, culminating in a research dissertation on a topic of your choice.
You will be able to start your studies either at Warwick or at UPF. You will follow the taught component of your first year before moving on to your second year university; the summer in between is a great opportunity to take advantage of internship opportunities in the UK, Spain, or further afield. During the second year, you will follow a second round of taught modules before moving on to a joint 15,000 word dissertation, allowing you to combine the knowledge and insight gained from both institutions into one jointly-marked piece of academic research.
This MA programme provides you with a thorough grounding in the classics of Social and Political Thought and a deep and varied engagement with their 20th and 21st Century offshoots. This course addresses a range of key concepts and ideas that are central to the analysis of contemporary society, politics and culture, including debates over the basis of contemporary capitalism, neoliberalism, biopolitics, ideology, and the fundamental question of what it means to be ‘social’ and/or ‘human’.
The degree is structured around two core modules. The first of these is State, Capitalism and Market (convened by Professor Nicholas Gane), which uses theoretical resources such as Michel Foucault’s writings on biopolitics to think analytically and critically about capitalism and its recurrent crises. This module looks in particular at the recent financial crisis and the role this crisis has played in the reconfiguration of structural relations between the market and the state. A key part of this module is the critical analysis of political-economic discourses of neoliberalism that argue for the sovereignty of markets and economics over all things ‘social’. The second core module is Politics and Social Theory (convened by Dr Charles Turner) uses the work a wide-range of classical thinkers (for example, de Tocqueville, Marx, Durkheim and Weber) and Twentieth Century writers (Arendt, Schmitt and Rorty) to consider the possibility of developing a sociological understanding of politics.
Beyond these two core modules, you can pursue your own research interests and specialisms by choosing four modules from a wide range of options, and then progressing to research and write their own 15,000 word dissertation.
If you’re interested in questioning the concepts of gender and development, as well as giving priority to issues and debates identified within specific countries, rather than relying on predominantly western literature, then this is the programme for you. It is an international, interdisciplinary and analytical course which does not assume that development is about the ‘third world’ modelling itself on the west, nor about women modelling themselves on men.
Our programme will give you a thorough understanding of the centrality of gender relations in development and how gender is cross-cut by other significant differences, such as sexuality, ‘race’/ethnicity, (dis)ability and social class. Through our two core modules you will achieve a rigorous theoretical and conceptual foundation linked to a strong practical focus on issues and policies of gender and development. A third optional core module will give you a detailed understanding of methodological debates in social research, and you'll also take at least one more gender/development module.
You will then select from a wide range of exciting and cutting-edge specialist modules, including an optional module in law and development. Optional modules provide opportunities to explore substantive issues that excite you, such as human rights, global capitalism, feminist jurisprudence, the labour process, feminist theory and epistemology, and postcolonial theory. With personal supervision from one of our leading scholars, you will then progress to research and write your own 15,000 word dissertation.
Our programme takes place in the unique academic context of both a Women and Gender Studies Research Centre, with an exciting programme of research seminars and events, and a thriving Sociology department, with a strong international research and teaching profile. You may be a development professional looking to progress your career, a student moving on to graduate study with an interest in development or a researcher seeking a relevant MA as preparation for a research degree. Students from a wide range of backgrounds have prospered on this course, and we welcome your application.
What is power? And where does it lie? What is the relationship between politics and economics and how should we understand the relationship between states and markets? How will global capitalism, and the nexus of regulatory institutions within which it is embedded, transform social, political and economic relations in the 21st century? What is the future of the state, the market and civil society in this changing world?
International political economy (IPE) is a field of enquiry concerned with the distribution of power, wealth and agency in a rapidly changing and contested global context. With such a diverse range of interest, IPE encourages a plural and often eclectic approach to study. Throughout the course, you will be introduced to the principal theoretical currents in IPE – like realism, liberalism and constructivism– as well as more critical approaches – such as Marxism, feminism and postcolonialism. You will be equipped to use these theories
to engage with a range of important issue areas in IPE, including finance, production, consumerism, and the environment.
Our MA in IPE is a truly global programme and often attracts students from all over the world. You’ll benefit from an engaging intellectual environment and ability to choose from a selection of cutting-edge options in trade, finance, development, and global governance. What’s more, our department boasts leading figures in the IPE discipline and we host regular high profile events run through our Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation (CSGR).
With such a diverse range of interest, IPE encourages a plural and often eclectic approach to study. Throughout the course, you will be introduced to the principal theoretical currents in IPE – like Realism, Liberalism and Constructivism – as well as more critical approaches – such as Marxism, Feminism and Post-Colonialism. You will be equipped to use these theories to engage with a range of important issue areas in IPE, including finance, production, consumerism, and the environment.